Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen

Hey munchkins!  Today is another episode of fooding in the brunch genre, in San Francisco.  On a weekend where I went to the city to visit my friend in the city, we decided to stop for brunch at such a place.  It’s in a super convenient location in the suburbs of Outer Sunset district which makes it super convenient to get to if you’re from there locally.  It’s also right by the cost of the Pacific Ocean, so it’s a pretty sweet combo to hit up the beach to relax and catch the waves after such a meal, haha, then again I guess hence the name “Beachside”.

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The exterior of the cafe. Along the side are the outdoor tables and some beach chairs to relax and chill. Check out that line, though! (Don’t worry..it moves fairly quick).

The interior of the cafe is actually really small.  The way it works is similar to just take out where you order first, pay, and get a number stand.  After, you can look, depending on your preference, for a table indoor or outdoor.  It’s all up free for grabs!

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Interior of cafe with tables. How cozy and cute!

One thing that you may want to bare in mind is NOT to secure a table before ordering.  A and I tried doing that and the people ahead of us were not very happy, expressing that it is a bit inconsiderate for people who are ahead waiting and did not have a table…and suggesting the table would have been theirs.  Regardless, it’s really not that big of a deal, the tables free up fairly quickly, so the system works out well.

We are benedict junkies so for a heads up, the menu is not restricted to benedicts, but ohhhh trust me, they are gooooood.  A ordered the classic Beachside benedict along with a iced coffee to freshen up the morning.  I, on the other hand, opted for the more vegetarian option, florentine benedict.

The coffee wasn’t the star, of course…it was just a nice way to freshen up a gloomy day and get motivated.  Here’s me just trying to be artsy fartsy with my camera.

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The daily necessities with an iced coffee.

I’m always a sucker for benedicts, and I really enjoyed my choice.  The yogurt sauce along with the fried spinach was a good combination of flavours that went well with english muffin and poached eggs.  The tomatoes also add a touch of freshness to the entire meal which makes me feel like I had too clear of a meal, prepping me for the entire day.

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Eggs Florentine – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

The beachside benedict came with english muffin and bacon, drizzled with hollandaise sauce.  Although I’m not too big of a bacon fan I found the flavour light and a good combination of all the ingredients.  A is a pepper and salt addict, which after trying it with and without it I found it necessary with just a light touch of pepper and no salt since the bacon itself is salty to begin with.

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Beachside Benedict – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

One great thing that came with both our dishes that we didn’t expect to be so great were the hashcakes.  A mix combination between hash browns and tater tots, the hashcakes were so dense and moist on the inside while maintaining a crusty exterior.  The potatoes were very rich in flavour and a bite of the hashcakes was different than any other another hashbrown texture that I’ve ever had in the past.  A and I both enjoyed eating them a lot :).

The restaurant in general was very homey and small but cute.  One downside I would say about the little restaurants that are around is that although it’s super convenient to get to, it can get quite crowded pretty easily.   Although it gets quite busy,  tables become available for seating at a reasonable amount of time.  Our meal was around $30 in total, which I think is decent for eating in the city.

I would definitely recommend coming here if you are looking for some breakfasty food in a local suburban area!  Don’t forget to visit the beach that faces the Pacific ocean after!  The beach is calming and beautiful!

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Mission Beach Cafe

Where do I begin with brunches in the city?  During our weekend in the city, I just craved some warm and wakening food to make up for the cloudy chilly morning.  And being in Mission really doesn’t make it hard to find a good place that hits the spot.

Not too far from where we were staying we found an awesome brunch location, Mission Beach Cafe! It’s not in a busy intersection, more within the suburbs of the city (if that counts…), and this place is really popping with a huge line and a fun atmosphere of friends and families, if ya know what I mean.

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A cute corner location of a not so busy intersection (14th St and Guerrero St).

We probably waited around 30 minutes for a table of two, but I wouldn’t mind doing it again (that’s how worth it it was 😀).  Although the seating arrangement is quite tight, I wouldn’t blame them – they just want to keep customers happy and service as many as they could.   I wouldn’t say you are in the most spacious place when you’re seated, and everyone is chittery chattery, which I myself didn’t mind, but if you’re looking for a calm quiet place then you may want to pay this place a visit when you’re more accepting haha.

We started off with a very necessary cup of coffee, hot and toasty, followed with our two entrees, eggs benedicts and huevos with tortilla chips.

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Wild mushroom benedict with spinach, caramelized onions, truffle mornay sauce over english muffin, potatoes
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mbc huevos with yellow-indian-women beans, salsa rojo, cojita cheese, tomatillo pico-de-gallo, tortilla chips

loooove runny eggs, so obviously those egg benedict were mine.  The truffle sauce was so flavourful yet not overpowering, and it was really a good combination with the egg yolk. Mmm, just thinking about makes me want to go back already.  A mouthful of that along with the mushroom and spinach was really the cherry on top.  And, honestly, how could I leave out the potatoes.  These home-cut potatoes were seasoned so well and baked so well it was almost as good as the main item on the plate.  N definitely enjoyed those a lot…he kept stealing them off my place…haha.

To be honest though, N’s dish was just neutral to me.  I think I just thought it was strange to be eating tortilla for brunch.  I may be completely wrong though, tell me otherwise if you guys have had tortilla chips for brunch!  This dish was a lot more bold than the dish I had ordered, with very vibrant flavours, and I really loved the salsa and guac.  I guess this wasn’t as attractive to me as my own because the egg in this dish was cooked quite thoroughly and my poor tolerance in spiciness made me quite biased.  Regardless, if you are a bold flavour type-a-person I’m sure you’ll dig this ;).

I really enjoyed being here, and I really felt like I was in the whole San Francisco laid back afternoon grabbing a brunch type of mood, which was really nice!  Haha, not sure if that really meant anything…but what I’m trying to say is that I enjoyed my experience here and I would definitely recommend you all to try it if you have a chance!!

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Craftsman & Wolves

Hey my foodos!

It has been an awful long time since the last time I’ve posted on this…and too many things in my life have changed.  I’m currently no longer a student, I’m graduated and now working – and the biggest catch of this, is that I don’t live in Canada anymore :(.  I moved down for work, and now I live in NorCal, the home of fresh food and amazing food talent.  I’m hoping to revive this food blog and am planning to post more often (when I have time and when I can remember..).  Now that I have a job this also allows for me to explore with less guilt and go eat recklessly more often.

Okay, well enough about me, and now I will talk about my foodventure that me and N had during our weekend in the beautiful city of San Francisco.  We spent the weekend in Mission – food central.  We hadn’t realized this until we started exploring and we noticed all these restaurants with beautiful, hip interior and the creative items available on the menu.  At this point, we promised ourselves that we would make a stop at the next candidate that met the criteria.

And that is how we found ourselves inside a wakening ambience that we wanted to be in.  The interior was very simple, with an smartly perfectly unfinished ceiling and spider lights.  This little shop was filled with little baked goods both sweet and savoury.  Because N and I walked into Craftsman & Wolves as our first meal of the day, we decided to order a few savoury dishes.

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We ordered a very delicious savoury muffin made with wheat, sausage and green onions that speaks for itself, really.  I mean, never judge a book by it’s cover ;).

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A “simple” muffin

Craftsman & Wolves are geniuses by stuffing the muffin with a soft boiled egg that makes your eyes salivate just its looks, haha.  All the flavours were subtle yet worked in harmony, which made hard not to devour.

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We also ordered a slice of their quiche, which was my personal favourite of the two.  Although I’m a sucker for soft boiled eggs and the muffin was amazing, I loved that the ingredients inside the quiche complemented one another so well.  The picked carrots had a nice and subtle kick to them which really worked my taste buds 🙂

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Quiche (zucchini, baby kale, curry, asiago cheese) with pickled carrots

Our visit here was very pleasant.  It’s always nice to encounter a nice little shop that you enjoy by coincidence.  It just makes everything a better experience ;).  It’s good to be back, and hopefully being in this new space will motivate me to be more disciplined in blogging more often.  Until next time guys!!

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Starbucks half-price frap lovers

Hey all!  This will just be a really quick post!  For all your Starbucks lovers out there, it’s that time of year again!  From May 4-13 between 3-5pm, they will be providing you with your most favourited Starbucks fraps for 1/2 off!

Some of my favourite frap flavours…

  • green tea (my alll timeee favouritee!!!)
  • white chocolate mocha
  • coconut

These also come in your won preference of decaf, shots, syrup, different types of milk (whole, 2%, nonfat, soy), or adding espresso shots or decaf.

I’ll be looking forward to try the new mocha cookie crumble Frappucino!!.

So, why don’t you make a reminder to hit up a Starbucks at your own convenience to catch the 1/2 off frap and maybe even take advantage to try new flavours!

Click here to find a location of Starbucks near you sponsoring this event!  http://www.starbucks.ca/store-locator?utm_source=happy-hour&utm_medium=email&utm_content=hero&utm_campaign=frappuccino-ca

Enjoy and let me know which fraps are YOUR favourite!!

Until next time!!

-ksdn